Monday, May 31, 2010

Who are you remembering today?

Who are you remembering this Memorial Day?
Photo: Bristol Town Council in today's Memorial Day parade on Hope Street walking south.
From left to right: Ken Marshall (with young friend), Halsey Herreshoff, David Barboza, Mary Parella and Ray Cordeiro. Click on photo once to enlarge.

Robin Rug Master Plan Public Meeting

Of interest in the Legal Notice section of this weeks paper (May 27, 2010):
Under the Bristol Planning Board Notice:

The Planning Board will hold a Public Informational Meeting on
Tuesday June 22, 2010 at 7 pm at Town Hall to review the
Master Plan for the Major Land Development for the Robin Rug
Complex as a mixed use building with approximately 24,670 SF of
commercial space and 98 residential units.

Plans and supporting materials are available for review at the
Office of Community Development at 253 7000 x 147 by appointment.

Robin Rug Water Tower Demolition?

Of interest in the Legal Notice section of this weeks paper:

Under the Bristol Historic District Commission list for their meeting
to be held Thursday June 3, 2010 at 7pm at Town Hall:
Number 9 - Item: 10-056
125 Thames Street/Russ- Russ Realty Co.
1. Demolish large water tower
2. Demolish small water tower

Junk Shot and Top Kill both fail

Day 42 oil leak: Isn't this a bit like going to the moon and having no plan on how to get back?

Linden Place Film Festival

Linden Place Museum's Barrymore Film Festival Continues with "The Farmer's Daughter"

LINDEN PLACE will continue to celebrate the bicentennial year of the historic mansion with Part II of the Barrymore Film Festival featuring The Farmer's Daughter. The screening will take place on Thursday, June 3rd at 7 PM at the Rogers Free Library located across the street from the mansion at 525 Hope Street, Bristol.

The Barrymore film festival features a series of four films throughout the course of the mansion's bicentennial year. Oscar Award winning Ethel Barrymore, who married Russell Colt, great-grandson of George DeWolf who built Linden Place and summered at the mansion, stars in all four films.

In "The Farmer's Daughter", a delightful comedy with a great cast, the radiant Loretta Young plays Katie Holstrom, a naive Minnesota farm girl who leaves home to study nursing in the big city. Bilked out of her cash the first day, Katie lands a job as maid to U.S. Congressman Glenn Morley (Joseph Cotten) and soon finds herself thrust into politics when she takes a public stand for immigrants.

Admission to the feature film is free. Donations will be accepted for light refreshments. The film festival is part of an on-going series of cultural programming and exhibitions at Linden Place Museum to celebrate the 200th birthday of the treasured 1810 Federal-style mansion located in historic downtown Bristol, Rhode Island.

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CONTACT: Susan Battle- 253-0390 -

Friends of Linden Place
500 Hope Street P.O. Box 328 Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
401-253-0390 tel 401-253-4106 fax

Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration and preservation of the historic house museum at 500 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs in the community. The mansion and grounds are open to the public from May to October, during the holiday season, and also by appointment.
Linden Place Film Festival

Sunday, May 30, 2010

HMM flag at half mast

Theresa (Sousa) Souto dead at 81.
HMM flag flies at half mast honoring
the death of long time employee/volunteer/Bristol resident
Teri Souto, Herreshoff loyal Office Manager for 18 years who
died of a stroke at her desk.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 1st, 9AM from the George Lima Funeral Home, 367 High St. with a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 AM at St. Elizabeth Church, 577 Wood Street. Burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Bristol. Visiting Hours are Monday 4 - 7 PM. Memorial Donations to Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 775, Bristol, RI 02809 & Herreshoff Marine Museum, P.O. Box 457, Bristol, RI 02809.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Linden Place Birthday Jubilee

Don't forget this UNIQUE event that is coming up in about two weeks! Governor Carcieri and his wife will be attending! Click on image once to enlarge image.

Coggeshall Farm needs volunteers

In two areas: Historic Research and Garden Maintenance The first is for some one to help us with historic title research. The museum needs to identify the chain of ownership for not just the museum's property but also the properties on Poppasquash, and the rest of Bristol as well. These records become somewhat hard to follow during the museum's period of the late 18th century, and are absolutely critical for informing the accuracy and educational merit of the museum exhibit.

We're also looking for some help maintaining the museum's recreated late 18th century kitchen garden which has just been redesigned by consultant Christie Higginbottom. Christie brought nearly 30 years of experience and research from her work at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, and has worked on numerous projects throughout New England. Working with the museum and our local primary sources, Christie has redesigned the museum's garden exhibit to more accurately reflect our sources and also enable the museum to cultivate rare heirloom varieties of vegetables, some of which could only be located in Canada, or in private hands. We are looking for a few good hands to assist with general garden work and especially hand weeding which is very intensive at this point in garden history.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the museum is encouraged to send us an email at, or give us a call at 401.253.9062.

Coggeshall Farm is still in the process of finding a "Farm Manager" (Note: Not an executive director). Many educational programs are currently in the planning process and will be announced at a later date.

Thank you.

Justin L. Squizzero
Director of Historic Interpretation
Coggeshall FARM MUSEUM

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Providence one of 10 "most underrated" cities

The other two cities on the east coast were: Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale with mentions of Pittsburgh, Portland, Ore., Sacramento, Minneapolis, Louisville and others....

Town Council meeting agenda

Town Council meeting agenda for Wednesday May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Town of Bristol to match donations to Stop Hess LNG

The Bristol Town Council voted in May to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000 in Stop Hess LNG donations made to Save the Bay. To qualify, you must be a Bristol resident, a former resident, a Bristol business owner or have some other connection to the town. Save Bristol Harbor has made a hefty donation of $1000. Any amount will be matched! Click on image once to enlarge.

Bristol Historical Society to show HACHIKO

Hachiko, the movie (remember the HCK signs all over town?) starring Richard Gere was filmed in part in Bristol a couple of years ago about a loyal Achita dog and his master. A true story and a must see - being shown on three separate dates at the Library. Bring a pillow. The seats are hard! Donations accepted at the door for the Bristol Historical Society.
Please click on the image once to enlarge.
Watch you tube trailer here.

Mount Hope Farm Party - Community Welcome

Mount Hope Farm needs your help with the Garden and Antiques
Fair Preview Party. This wonderful annual event is a chance to show
community support for the first fundraiser under the new leadership
of Michael Gerhardt. Please bring good cheer, meet the new interim
executive director and help make this event a success!

The 2010 Garden and Antiques Fair Preview Party is on
Friday, June 4, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Governor Bradford House.
Tickets are $45 in advance and $50. at the door.
Call 401 254 1745 x 103 to reserve a ticket.
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

URI Coop Extension, RI NEMO

Below is a link to excellent Stormwater and Wastewater workshops at URI.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Farm Fresh RI August party at Castle Hill
Tickets can be purchased for the Tuesday, August 3 event at the link above.

Mosaico to host benefit performance

Mosaico to host a special benefit performance
of the critically acclaimed, The Belle of Amherst,
presented by 2nd Story Theatre

(Bristol, RI) – Mosaico CDC is hosting a special benefit performance of The Belle of Amherst, on June 5, 2010 at the Historic Bristol Statehouse, 240 High Street, Bristol, RI.

Prior to the performance, to show our appreciation for our many friends and supporters, Mosaico invites you to a Pre-performance Reception of tea, wine, and refreshments at 7:00 pm. The show begins at 8:00 pm.

Full of passion, poetry and heart, William Luce’s critically acclaimed
one-woman show is a loving celebration of the life of one of America’s greatest
poets. And what better venue to experience Emily Dickinson’s literary legacy
than the atmospheric courtroom of the Historic Bristol Statehouse.

This special event, a part of 2nd Story’s “Cool Campaign’, promises to be a magical, lyrical and unforgettable experience. Don’t miss it.

Tickets are $25. The price includes the pre-performance reception and the show. All proceeds go to support the many community programs sponsored by Mosaico CDC, including the beloved Sense of Pride and Mentoring programs. Neither of these programs would be possible without the generous support of the community.

Tickets may be purchased at Paper, Packaging, and Panache; Gil’s Appliances, and at the Mosaico office in the State House or by calling 401 253-4627 or sending an email to,

Benefit Performance, The Belle of Amherst
Presented by 2nd Story Theater
June 5, 2010
Pre-performance reception – 7:00 pm
Performance – 7:00 pm
Historical Bristol Statehouse
$25 per person
Proceeds to benefit Mosaico CDC

Contact: Diana Campbell
401 254-4627

Mint Condition House for Sale

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Community String Performance

The Community String Project will present a (Dessert) Pot Luck Performance on Wednesday,
May 26, 2010 at 7pm in the Mt. Hope High School cafeteria. The performance will feature all members of the group ranging from 3rd grade through adult.

The performance will be directed by Susan Winterbottom and Bethany Sousa. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact Robert Arsenault for further information at 401 254 5980 x 3165 or go to:
(Logo by Lindsay Green Graphic Design)

Warren RI Supports Kitchen Incubator Business idea

The following is the editorial in this weeks (May 12, 2010) Warren Times-Gazette newspaper about a new kitchen incubator program in Warren developed by Bristol High Street resident Lisa Raiola.

"An idea to turn the old Main Street School into a ‘kitchen incubator’ is worth supporting; we hope the Warren Town Council gives it a thumbs up when it votes on the matter next week.

The plan, developed by Bristol resident and Brown University professor Lisa Raiola, is to convert the shuttered school into a new kind of ‘school,’ where folks with dreams (and good recipes) can learn the ins and outs of the food production business. The incubator would work just like dozens of other successful ones already run in other parts of the country: For a monthly fee, entrepreneurs will get access to professional food equipment, teachers and instructors, as well as experts in packaging, marketing and food safety." MORE.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Beehive Cafe now serving dinner

The Beehive Cafe is now serving dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 - 10pm.
This is in addition to their regular hours for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.
Owner Jen Cavallaro and chef Eli Dunn are passionate about buying locally, supporting farmers and cooking with fresh ingredients. Everything is made by hand in small batches, including the bread, all of the pastry and even the mayonnaise.
Please note: They now serve beer and wine.

New Real Estate Business to open in Belvedere

From what I can gather from neighbors in the area, there is a new Real Estate Business going into the space on the north side of the Belvedere Hotel/Condos. Please leave a comment if you know which one it is.

'A Leg Up Bowtique' to close June 1

Sadly Joanie Devine's dog store, "A Leg Up Bowtique & Barkery" on 54 State Street, is closing up shop on June 1. Many items are on sale. We wish her all the best in future ventures and for an improving economy. Joanie can be reached at: 401-254-9600 shop 401-297-1703 cell

Topside is now Agave Restaurant

Look at the outside dining. Is this wonderful or what!!
Agave (pronounced: A- gav- ay) The menu is mixed and ranges from fish and chips and clam cakes to pulled pork sliders, vegetable wraps,
chipotle chicken nachos, burgers, steaks, salmon, quesadillas, mixed seafood paella, lobsters, and assorted salads and desserts.

The new playground for Colt Andrews breaks ground!

It is so exciting to see this project taking shape. I'm wondering - will the playground have a garden as well?

New construction downtown off State Street

Have you noticed there is a new building going up downtown off State Street on the footprint of the house that was demolished a couple of years ago and was often referred to as the "second oldest house" in Bristol.
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Greyhound Racing Ends in Rhode Island

Friday, May 14, 2010

PROVIDENCE , R.I. (AP) - Greyhound racing has come to an end in New England.

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri on Friday signed legislation that allows gambling parlor Twin River to stop offering dog racing, which had been required by law.

The owners of Twin River filed for bankruptcy protection last year, and wanted to stop dog racing because they said it was too expensive. The slot machines at Twin River are the third-largest source of income for the state.

The passage of the legislation means the last dog racing in New England happened in December, at Raynham Park in Massachusetts. The last race in RI was in August 2009.

Dog racing is now outlawed in Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine . It ended for financial reasons in New Hampshire. Connecticut's last greyhound track closed in 2006.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Alert: RI Senate Greyhound Racing Ban to be voted on

As reported earlier, the House Finance Committee of Rhode Island approved a bill to prohibit dog racing, by a unanimous vote, last week. This week its the Senate's turn. Please call or email Bristol's Senator David Bates (David Bates - (401) 246-1379 - and let him him know that greyhound racing should not be allowed to re-start this Saturday May 15 at Twin River as might be the case if this Twin River legislative bankruptcy bill in the Senate Finance Committee does not pass tomorrow. Senator Bates is on this committee.

Recycling Refresher about Dos and Don'ts

From the website Eco RI Rhode Island Environmental News by Frank Carini

Bristol Farmers Market open

Colt State Park, Bristol, Fridays, 2-6 OPEN.

Linden Place Birthday Jubilee

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Oil execs trade blame game

Ocean Transport, BP and Halllibuton senate testimony:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill enters week four with no end in sight

Some are stating that the amount of oil spilled in the Gulf is already twice that of the Alaska Valdez spill in 1989.

Local Forces joining to Stop Hess LNG

Save The Bay, Town of Bristol and Save Bristol Harbor join forces to Stop Hess LNG

As the Town formalizes a $15,000 matching grant, Save
Bristol Harbor is first to contribute to LNG defense fund

PROVIDENCE (May 6, 2010) – The Town of Bristol has announced a $15,000 incentive grant to match contributions by Bristol residents and others with Bristol connections who donate money to Save The Bay’s campaign to stop the Hess LNG terminal proposal in Mount Hope Bay.

Save Bristol Harbor ( has kicked off the campaign with a $1,000 donation that will be matched by the Town.

“The Bristol Town Council recognizes that the environmental and economic impacts posed by the Hess LNG project are substantial and permanent,” said Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone. “Moreover, the need to defeat this destructive, disruptive and unnecessary proposal is urgent. Elected officials have heard their constituents loud and clear: The Bay is not for sale.

“The Council’s generous grant will encourage others to support this fight financially,” Stone added. “Save Bristol Harbor is to be commended for its diligence throughout this battle and for setting an example that, hopefully, many will follow.”

Earlier this year, the Bristol Town Council contributed $10,000 to Save The Bay’s effort to oppose the Hess project with the promise of additional funds to encourage others to step forward with financial support.

The matching grant program begins May 6. Bristol residents and others who have a connection to the community through business or other interests qualify for the match. Contributors need only make out checks payable to “Save The Bay” with “Bristol LNG Match” entered on the memo line. All contributions are 100% tax deductible and will be restricted to Save The Bay’s Stop Hess LNG campaign.

Save The Bay has organized opposition by convening a coalition of Bay stakeholders that includes town, city and state officials, environmental and neighborhood organizations, and other concerned citizens. The group meets regularly to share information on strategies to inform and mobilize citizens, as well as to discuss legal and legislative tactics to stop the LNG terminal proposal.

In November, Save The Bay launched the Stop Hess LNG campaign, anchored by a Web site ( that includes an online petition now signed by more than 4,000 individuals and a list of allied organizations representing some 100,000 area residents opposed to the Hess plan.

Bristol was among the first of eight cities and towns whose governing bodies have voted officially to oppose the project.

“This is a defining moment for the Bay’s future,” Stone said. “We cannot stand by and allow private interests to dictate our fate. Clear and compelling evidence shows that Hess LNG is wrong for the Bay. Bristol’s matching grant is further evidence that Hess has underestimated our resolve. If we all pull together, we will prevail.

“This requires a commitment on the part of everyone who cares about the Bay and especially the kind of Bay we want our children to inherit. It is time for everyone to step up.”

Donations of any amount count towards the BRISTOL LNG MATCH which has been generously offered by the Town of Bristol. If you believe that Hess LNG does not belong in Mount Hope Bay, please consider making a donation to support the fight!

Contact: John Martin
Director of Marketing and Communications
Save the Bay
401-272-3540, ext. 131

Thames Street changes

A quick ride down Thames Street in Bristol on Mother's Day shows many new changes.

There is a new restaurant in the works where the old Tuplan Garage used to be named the Hourglass Brasserie.
(photo top)

Under new ownership, The Topside Restaurant has been making many attractive improvements including more outside dining - taking advantage of its prime waterfront location. They are also putting in many beautiful plants.
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Northwind Sports on the corner of Thames and State Streets is now selling wonderful flags! I am not sure if ownership has changed. Perhaps someone will post a comment. (photo bottom)

Coggeshall Farm news

Mount Hope Farm is not the only place looking for a new permanent Executive Director. Coggeshall Farm is looking for one as well after George Pare left his post this spring. Coggeshall Farm will be having their annual Wool and Fiber Festival on Saturday May 15. Please support the farm by showing up! A great event for family and fun!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bristol Independent Galleries

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Big BEE under the Blithewold tent

Kara Milner, KEF chair (in yellow shirt far left on stage), welcomes the crowd under the Blithewold tent at the second Bodacious Bee to raise money for the Kickemuit Education Foundation (KEF). The event raised $22,000 and was held last Friday night. For more info on KEF go to:
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KEF BEE 2 winners

This team must know how to spell and we know they love to win. From left to right.Karen Binder, Christy Nadalin and Fred Orwiler. Kickemuit Education Foundation Bodacious BEE winners for the second year in a row! More:

Will 100-ton 'cofferdam' stop the oil leak?

May 15: Spring Gallery Walk

May 15, 2010 from 1- 5 pm

Bristol Independent Galleries Invites you to join them for their
Spring Gallery Walk.

The Paint Studio
Thames St., Bristol, RI
(across from Bristol Harbor Inn)

Bristol Art Gallery
423 Hope St.

Bristol Looms
49 Bradford St., Unit 2

Bristol Workshops in Photography
4 Franklin St.

Hope Gallery
435 Hope St.

Peace Vigil by Bristol Post Office


May 8, 2010 11 AM – NOON

Hope St., Bristol
(by the Post Office)


Bristol Boat Show: June 5 and 6

The Bristol Boat Show in conjunction with Uncommon Art at Independence Park will be held on Saturday and Sunday June 5 and 6, 2010 from 10 am to 6 pm at Independence Park in Bristol, RI, which is located on Thames Street, at the end of the East Bay Bike Path on the waterfront. Thames Street may be reached from the north and south off route 114. The Boat Show features new and used boats for sale and booths with marine and non-marine items for sale. The Art Show features arts and crafts. There will also be food for sale. Come see our Boat Show and Art Show over looking picturesque Bristol Harbor. Free admission. More details: Call 401 253 1700

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Town Council Meeting agenda for May 5, 2010

New Nathaniel Philbrick book

The Last Stand release date is today May 4, 2010.
"In his tightly structured narrative, Nathaniel Philbrick brilliantly sketches the two larger-than-life antagonists: Sitting Bull, whose charisma and political savvy earned him the position of leader of the Plains Indians, and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union's greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage.... Throughout, Philbrick beautifully evokes the history and geography of the Great Plains with his characteristic grace and sense of drama. The Last Stand is a mesmerizing account of the archetypal story of the American West, one that continues to haunt our collective imagination."

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Kathleen Delekta's death

As many of you must know Katheen Delekta, age 78, was run over by a car on the crosswalk in Warren on Rte 114 outside her Pharmacy on Thursday night. She died several hours later. She was known to everyone - especially friends from Warren. Below is a message concerning her death from Sandy Scott who directs a citizens advocacy group in Warren:

Over the past few days I have monitored the never ending series of emails expressing sadness and outrage over Kathy Delekta's death. In summaryTown Council members have stated Main Street is a state highway under the cognizance of RI DOT and various town attempts at modifying traffic flow have been rejected by the state.

I have learned our Town Planner will be meeting members of RI DOT in front of Delekta's Pharmacy at 11:00 AM tomorrow (Monday) morning. The intent is to review that intersection and the safety of pedestrians crossing that walk.

I plan to get some flowers for Kathy and be at the Coffee Depot at 10:30 AM. When the members of RI DOT arrive I plan to place the flowers in front of Delekta's to celebrate Kathy's life and to mourn her death. I plan to stand for Kathy and watch as the Town Administration and the RI DOT discuss that dangerous intersection.

"Actions speak louder than words"

If we can do only one thing for Kathy, let's help make Main Street safe for pedestrians.

Sandy Scott

Complexity gone beserck?

Has complexity gone beserck? Can you get there from here? Can't help but ask this question: Why is 'too big to fail' (wall street) and 'too deep to fix' (oil well) similar in comparison?

NY Times:Interactive oil spill map

Click on this link and then on the word "play" on the left in the blue bar to see how the oil slick changes daily. The slick is now larger than the state of Rhode Island and is moving toward the Gulf Coast. Oil has been leaking for almost two weeks since 4.20.2010. There is a possibility that this slick could end up on the east side of Florida and move northward if it gets carried by the Gulf Stream. The spewing wellhead is just one of 35,000 wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, the oil dispersion chemicals that break up the oil allow it to drop through the water column endangering everything under the surface... (Shrimp, fish, crabs, clams, eggs, larvae, etc) The clean up is designated a "Hazardous Waste Cleanup" and respiratory masks and suits should be worn by all clean up workers.ttp://

Cape Wind is a GO!

As many of you are aware, the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound was passed last week in an announcement from Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar. Click here to see a map of where the turbines will be located. More from the NY Times

Durkee to leave Durkee, Brown for Cornish

New respect for sewer plants after floods

"There are 19 wastewater treatment plants in Rhode Island that serve a combined 702,000 people, or about 67 percent of the state’s population, according to the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. All told, the plants process an average of 129 million gallons of raw sewage a day during the busiest summer months.

By their very nature, sewage-treatment plants tend to be located in areas that could be flooded. Planners put plants low so sewage will flow to the plant thanks to gravity and not costly pumps, said Ames Colt, chairman of the R.I. Bays, Rivers, & Watersheds Coordination Team, a group of state agencies. The plants also need to discharge their treated water, known as effluent, and plant operators don’t want to pump it miles to the nearest river or body of water." More from recent article by Chris Barrett from Providence Business News: